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Tomorrow's educational progress cannot be determined by yesterday's successful performance.

This is the same quote on the new background (above) and the old one (below).

Tomorrow's educational progress cannot be determined by yesterday's successful performance.

If the message holds true, why change the background (other than to update it with CC information)?

The old image juxtaposed a typewriter with what is now a really old iPhone. We would not judge mobile-ness with a ten-year-old phone, so why should we evaluate the outcomes of education any differently?

If your reply is that schooling and education change much more slowly, then you might be part of the problem.

Yesterday I reflected on how our Number One ranking in OECD’s problem-solving test raised more critical questions than provided model answers.

This tweet gave me more fuel thought.

The processes behind the products of learning are just as important, if not more so. A Number One ranking is a product of a combination of complex processes. Actually it is a by-product because we are not schooling kids for a worldwide competition.

Topping the ranking boards can send unintended and undesirable messages. Among them might be:

  • We are the best, so there is no need to change.
  • Let’s maintain the ranking for the sake of being Number One.
  • We have little or even nothing to learn from others.
  • This is a competition to be the best, so we must guard our secrets.

Unlikely as these messages might be, they can still be normalised actively or passively. The press or authorities might actively laud these accomplishments uncritically. We might passively believe everything we hear by not questioning the processes and products of rankings.

If we want learners to be resilient and creative in the face of failure, teachers and educators must first model such thinking and actions. A single-minded focus on narrow measures of success does not reveal the stories and iterations of moving forward by falling. I say we ignore rankings and do what ranking tables and agencies do not or cannot measure.

Read the title of this blog entry how you will.

Failing to succeed could mean a) not succeeding, or b) failing in order to succeed. The latter meaning was the reason for a school to organize a Failure Week.

Wimbledon High School wants “to teach pupils to embrace risk, build resilience and learn from their mistakes” and to do this will have “discussions on the merits of failure and on the negative side of trying too hard not to fail”.

Here are two items about failure that appeared in my tweet stream recently:

The second tweet highlights a study that tested the importance of failure on increasing the chance for success.

Now I am toying with the idea of organizing a Failure Week in place of our staff sharing sessions in NIE. This stemmed from last week’s #edsg chat on Twitter:

Should I try? What if I fail? Well, that is the point. I’ll learn from the experience and I think that the folks involve in this effort will also be the better for it!

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